About Main Street
Main Street of Monticello, Florida, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 1997. We have a board consisting of 8 directors and one project manager.
Creating and marketing a positive image of downtown Monticello and Jefferson county through sound economic development that promotes our future while preserving our past
*First Floridians First Americans 2015*
Three full days of presentations will tell the story of Florida’s people before the Spanish came. Archaeologists, paleontologists, anthropologists, other scholars, many who worked on digs in Jefferson County, will explain what the pre-Clovis discoveries — artifacts proven to be more than 14,000 years old found in this area mean to scholars and the people who live close to the sites.
Dennis Stanford, head archaeologist for the Smithsonian has been invited to open this second First Floridians First Americans Conference. Mike Waters of the Center for the First Americans at Texas A & M University will explain the controversy among scholars created by discoveries made in the Aucilla Basin. He will tell of past local discoveries such as a stone knife embedded in plant matter and a mammoth tusk scholars contend is the earliest proven large animal kill in North America. Scholars will discuss the possibility that this part of coastal Florida may prove to be the earliest human settlement in North America. There is even a question that these paleoIndians may have come from Europe.
Confirmed scholars from Georgia, Pennsylvania and Canada agree to design their remarks to make them understandable and interesting to laymen. Papers will be edited for publication post-conference and slide presentations will be posted on the First Floridians web site. We will present an extensive display of artifacts from this area, with informational docents, open to viewing by the public to help explain the story of the First Floridians: First Americans.
This project will give scholars new information and lay attendees an understanding of the importance of protecting the archaeological, anthropological and early historic sites in our county.
Our target audience is residents and students of Monticello, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Leon & surrounding counties and scholars interested in the archaeological exploration of the Southeast. We will use newspapers and other print media, radio, television, Internet Media releases, posting on related web sites and social media to market this conference.
Jim Dunbar, Lee Newsom, David Webb, Glenn Doran, Erv Garrison are among the scholars confirmed. Dennis Stanford of the Smithsonian and others have been invited. David Ward, Ed. Green, and Jack Carswell will conduct educational field trips to several archaeological sites.
Copies of slide presentations will be posted on www.firstfloridiansconference.com and available to the public.
Attendance will be taken through site registration this information will allow us to collate origin of attendees.
Evaluations will be distributed to attendees and collected each day.
Another copy of the evaluation will be e-mailed to registered attendees and collected after the conference.
(1) Educate local residents and students about the importance of the paleo Indian discoveries in the Aucilla Basin, and help them understand how critical it is to protect them from pot-hunters and progress.
(2) We expect to exceed the number of registered attendees in the original First Floridians First Americans Conference of 608. We know many couples registered as one, and we gave out 750 programs to attendees.
(3) Keep the discoveries in the Aucilla Basin a part of the paleoIndian scholarly conversation throughout the world.
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